Alena Popova


Founder, Ethics and Technology


Alena Popova is a human rights activist and the founder of the Ethics & Technology think tank. She advocates for digital rights and using technology for the public good. Ms. Popova has actively fought against the adoption of the Yarovaya law and other unconstitutional legislation that violates the privacy and autonomy of Russian citizens. She participates in the expert group of the ANO "Digital Economy" on the development of regulation in the field of big data and artificial intelligence. Alena holds a law degree from Kutafin Moscow State Law University and a journalism degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Privacy; Autonomy; Big data; AI governance; Information asymmetry; Surveillance; Profiling; Micro-targeting; Computational propaganda; Social engineering
Current Project
Elaboration of Measures to Prevent the Emergence of Digital Dictatorship in Russia
Foreign Language


, Journalism
, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Selected Publications

“Russia's use of facial recognition challenged in court.” BBC, 2020. URL:

“Russian Activist Fights Use of Facial Recognition Technology.” Human Rights Watch, 2019. URL:

“A Courageous AI Activist From Russia With Love.” Forbes, 2018. URL: